The Dallas Mavericks avoided having their longest losing streak in a much needed 107-100 win against the Philadelphia Sixers on Tuesday. The strong play of O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman helped the Mavericks even the series against a Sixers team that the Dallas had lost to on November 27.
Kaman and Mayo scored 17 of the Maverick’s final 19 points to seal the home game for the Mavericks. Kaman finished the game with 20 points and 7 defensive rebounds in a game where the Sixers had a slight edge against the Mavericks in rebounding despite being without their center Andrew Bynum.
A couple of late free throws by O.J. Mayo put the game to an end as the team went up by seven with five seconds left in the game. Mayo led the team scoring 26 points with 8 assists as the Mavericks improve their record to 12-13, one game under .500.
The Mavericks were without starting point guard Derek Fisher after he left the game with 6:50 left in the first quarter with a strained knee. Fisher, the Mavericks newly acquired point guard, has been dealing with the flu.
The Dallas Mavericks hope to have Fisher back as they take on the Miami Heat in Dallas on Thursday. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m.